By Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director UN World Food Programme
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The majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished population now live in Middle Income Countries (MICs). For these countries to best fulfil their vital role in supporting zero hunger and malnutrition, they must promote effective country-led strategies that will reduce hunger and malnutrition at home.
The visit comes as Malawi recovers from the devastating floods which have affected more than a million people and left some 600,000 in need of food assistance.
While in Malawi, Cousin will travel to Mangochi district to see school feeding, meet smallholder farmers supplying schools with produce and visit a flood-affected community that is receiving WFP food assistance and participating in early recovery activities.
Together, we remain committed to the millions of victims of a conflict that has gone on far too long. As the crisis continues to go forward, the needs continue to grow, and the resources of the humanitarian response are stretched further and further. The assistance we are providing today, we will have to provide again tomorrow. We now have to prioritize our assistance so that the most vulnerable families are protected.
Cousin is scheduled to meet Government officials, donor representatives and United Nations officials and representatives of WFP’s partner non-government organizations.
WFP has given a lifeline to close to 6 million displaced Syrians every month through providing food assistance, vouchers and electronic cards.
Before her departure on Tuesday evening, Cousin will be available for media interviews at Bayan Palace.
Date: Tuesday 31 March, 2015
Location: Bayan Palace, Kuwait City